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Footfall tails off at GDS after busy start

Mainstream footwear show GDS reported a drop in visitor numbers for its autumn 12 edition, which took place at Düsseldorf’s Messe exhibition hall on March 14-16.

Visitor numbers at the show dipped from about 24,500 for its autumn 11 edition last March to about 23,150 this season, with many brands describing the show as “quiet”.

Dan Gyves, joint managing director of women’s footwear brand Esska, said: “The first day was busy but since then it has been quiet.”

Gareth Austin-Jones, commercial director of ballet pumps brand Cocorose London, said: “It was pretty much all international buyers.”

Show organisers said 19% of international buyers had upped their order volumes compared with GDS’s spring 12 edition.

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